Crowds flock to Burnham-On-Sea's rescue services day
of people headed to Burnham-On-Sea's seafront on Sunday for the
town's annual rescue services day.
organisations from across the West Country gathered along The
Esplanade to provide displays and demonstrations through the day
involving hovercrafts, lifeboats, ambulances, fire engines and
taking part included BARB, Burnham RNLI, HM Coastguard, Avon and
Somerset Constabulary, Somerset Fire and Rescue, and the ambulance
and teams from each service were on hand during the day and life-saving
demonstrations took place in the sea and on the beach, giving
spectators a unique chance to see their work up-close.
winds led to a gig rowing race being cancelled due to the stormy
sea conditipons. A fly-past of microlights and a hovercraft flying
demonstration planned for later in the day also fell victim to
the high winds. But spectators were able to watch dozens of displays
and see training exercises by lifeboats and lifeguards.
year's event also saw 260 people take part in a new fundraising
run, the Rescue Rainbow Run, which was hailed a success by organisers
- see more here.
the charity that operates Burnham's rescue hovercrafts, has organised
the popular event since it started in 2004.
latest hovercraft, the Spirit of Lelaina II, was formally unveiled
during the day with a naming ceremony being held, as pictured
here - see more
co-organiser Roger Flower from BARB told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We
had a slow start due to the overcast weather and strong winds,
but things quickly picked up we are really pleased with how the
had 30 exhibitors and stalls this year which meant there was lots
to see for the spectators. The RNLI and Lifeguards were able to
carry out their demos as scheduled, which were very informative
and interesting. The day again showed how lucky we are to have
such a great team of rescue services."
Members of the public were able to get close to the crews and
the equipment that helps to save lives across the region, here
including a mountain rescue pack.
Later in the afternoon, 30 bikes from Somerset Motorcycle Group
arrived on The Esplanade after completing their 'Teddy Bear Run'
in aid of BARB, which started in Highbridge and ran up to the
Chew Valley and across the Mendips.